The next three questions are about the fable of the lion and the mouse. A fable is a short story that has a moral, or a lesson to be learnt. The characters in fables are usually talking animals.
Read the story carefully and make sure you understand it before you answer the questions.
The lion and the mouse
A mighty lion was asleep one day with his huge head resting on his paws. Suddenly he was awoken by a little mouse who had accidentally run across his tail.
The lion reached out with his paw and caught the mouse.
"Oh!" squeaked the mouse. "I'm terribly sorry! Please let me go! If you spare my life now I promise I will repay you one day!"
The lion simply laughed at the mouse.
"What would you ever be able to do for me?" he mocked. But he wasn't very hungry that day, so he decided to let the mouse go after all. The mouse scurried away gratefully and the lion forgot all about the incident.
One day, some months later, the lion became trapped in a hunter's net and couldn't free himself. He roared and struggled, but to no avail. The little mouse heard him roaring and came to see what was going on. Immediately he started to nibble away at the net and eventually made a hole big enough for the lion to escape through.
"You see!" said the mouse triumphantly. "I said I would repay you one day!"
Now you have read the story, what do you think is its moral, or lesson? There are two possible answers, so tick two boxes.